Norwegian considering closing its base at Gatwick Airport, London.

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Norwegian Air considering shutting its base at Gatwick Airport, a spokesman said on Friday, as the struggling budget airline steps up its cost-cutting drive to survive the industry’s worst crisis.

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The move could affect 259 cabin crew and pilots, just under a quarter of the 1,142 staff at Britain’s second-busiest airport, the spokesman said as the airline started a 45-day consultation period with staff and unions.

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“These unprecedented circumstances that we now find ourselves in require us to review the London Gatwick crew base in line with current business needs and the associated costs going forward,” the company said in a statement.

Norwegian Air’s short-haul flights from Gatwick will not be affected as they are operated by pilots and crew based in the Nordics, the spokesman said.

By Reuters

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